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Blood Pressure Screening Poor in Pediatrics

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Efforts may be needed to better encourage providers to routinely screen patients aged 3 to 18 for hypertension, according to American investigators. Hypertension screening was performed in 35% of ambulatory pediatric visits, compared with 67% of preventive visits and 84% of preventive visits in which overweight/obesity was diagnosed.

Source: Pediatrics, September 17, 2012 (online).

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